Search launched for best windows with a view

oscar's window holmfirth

A search has been launched to find bars, restaurants and pubs with the best views in a competition seeking nominations from owners and the public.

Launched by not-for-profit organisation, “Window with a View” is open to any businesses that open their doors to the public.

To nominate a window with a view, people should visit where they can enter their details and upload a photo until the deadline of May 16, 2016. It is possible to nominate more than one window.

A judging panel made up of leading professionals from the architecture, interior design, tourism, journalism and photography sectors will choose four shortlisted entries for areas across the UK. Nominations will be judged on creativity, originality and the “wow factor”.

After a public vote, regional winners will be announced in July and put forward to the national heat. The UK’s ultimate “Window with a View”, once again voted for by the public, will be announced in September.

Those taking a photograph for entry should ensure some or all of the window’s frame is included in the image, and that the view is as striking and interesting as possible.

The window does not need to contain glass to be valid for entry but photos taken through glass doors or door frames will not be accepted. Photos should not be edited – the judges want to see genuine images of windows with a view. If there are people or car registration plates within the picture, they must be unidentifiable.

As an added incentive to the public to get involved, anyone who votes in the regional or national rounds will be entered into a prize draw, with the opportunity to win a selection of prizes including GoPro kits and shopping vouchers.

James Lee, head of group marketing and communications at, said: “Britain boasts some of the world’s most amazing views, and this competition is about capturing these images from one of the focal points of any building – a window.

“However, as well as bringing these remarkable images to the attention of the public, we hope to also raise awareness of the importance and benefits of modern, clear and energy-efficient glazing.”

Pictured: Oscar’s Café and Wine Bar in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, profiled in the April 2016 issue of Bar magazine.

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